The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Nature Writing Prize promotes and celebrates the art of nature writing in Australia, working to encourage a greater appreciation of our magnificent landscapes. Join Alison Rowe, Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy, for the announcement of the winner and runner-up, as judged by Tara June Winch and Geordie Williamson. The winner will appear in conversation with Griffith Review Editor Ashley Hay.

Alison Rowe (Australian)

Alison Rowe

Alison is The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Managing Director. She has 16 years of experience across the environmental sustainability field. She has worked across a range of industries including energy, infrastructure, technology and transport in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Alison is Chair of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia. She was previously CEO of the Australian Energy Foundation and has held non-executive director positions at Future Business Council, Bioregional Australia, Climate Alliance, Environment Victoria and One in Five. Alison completed the Business and Environment program through Cambridge University, holds an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and is a Williamson Fellow.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her writing has been shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Queensland Literary Awards, and longlisted for prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds and A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.